BOLSOVER: Record breaking brass festival

Bolsover's Festival of Brass.
Bolsover's Festival of Brass.

Bolsover District Council’s 2013 Festival of Brass has proved a huge success – even before a note has been played.

A total of 43 bands have entered the five-section contest on Sunday 6th October, beating the previous year’s total of 32 bands.

The festival will be held at Heritage High School in Clowne starting at 9.30am and the entries have been so high that the closing date had to be bought forward by two weeks. There is a very strong field of 10 bands in the Championship Section and 14 bands in the First Section which in itself is a record entry for the contest.

The day’s adjudicators are David Read OBE, Dr Keith Wilkinson and David Horsfield and tickets for the event are available on the door at £5 and £4 concessions.

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion Cllr Ann Syrett said: “Every year we say it simply can’t get any bigger, but every year it does and we seem to attract more bands and more people wanting to come and watch.

“The event has fast established itself as the premier Brass Festival in the UK and sees the countries best and most revered musicians in attendance. With so many top class bands and musicians taking part it promises to be an exciting and entertaining day.”

Preceding the main festival will be a Charity Entertainment Contest held at Shirebrook Leisure Centre, Park Road, Shirebrook, on Saturday, 5th October. The concert will feature William Davis Re-union Band, Thoresby Re-union Band, Jones and Crossland/Hyundai- Heart of England Building Society Re-union Band and Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Brass Band (2012 Charity Entertainment Champions).

The Charity Entertainment Contest (in aid of Breast Cancer Research and Prostate Cancer Research) will start at 7pm and the evenings adjudicators are David Read (OBE) and David Horsfield. Tickets are priced at £5 and £4 concessions and are available from Shirebrook Leisure Centre on 01623 748313 or Bolsover District Council on 01246 242424.